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Replacement workers crossing ‘Biggest Loser’ picket lines

Los Angeles' KTLA is following the Biggest Loser labor unrest situation that has seen approximately 50 crew workers go on strike and picket the Calabasas set of the NBC reality show.
November 15, 2010

Los Angeles’ KTLA is following the Biggest Loser labor unrest situation that has seen approximately 50 crew workers go on strike and picket the Calabasas set of the NBC reality show. Replacement workers are currently crossing picket lines on this, the second week follwing the walkout of crew members on the evening of November 8. The workers are looking to sign a union contract with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) but the production companies behind the series, Reveille Productions, 3Ball Productions and 25/7 Productions, have refused to sign the deal. The Hollywood Reporter has also been monitoring the picket line at the set and says approximately 100 people – striking workers and IATSE supporters – are orderly in their picketing thus far. Meanwhile, The Wrap is reporting trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper have refused to cross the picket line.

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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